The Pittsburgh Chapter of Young Women In Bio hosted a group of high school girls to attend a WIB-Pittsburgh panel discussion entitled, “Take a Seat at the Table: Empowering Women and Promoting Inclusion in Boardrooms”. These young women were sophomores and juniors who attend the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (SciTech), which is part of the Pittsburgh Public School system.
Before the panel discussion, WIB member Jeanine McCreary, who has served on a number of boards herself, talked with these girls about what a company board is and what role they play in companies. She emphasized how important and beneficial it is for boards to be inclusive, including having women. Additionally, Jeanine asked the girls about school and extracurricular activities they play a leadership role in now. She explained how getting involved in leadership positions even at their ages can start them on the path to being leaders in their careers down the line.
One of the topics the panel discussion focused on was the concept that in order to be an influential leader, it is important to surround yourself early with people who play this role and to network with and learn from them. One of the young women we invited was interested enough to raise her hand and ask the panel a question about how to begin that process. The advice she got was “Come to more events like these!” With this in mind, YWIB-Pittsburgh intends to continue helping young women learn more about possible careers by inviting them to events such as this.
High school attendees pose for a picture with panelists Yvonne Campos, Wilma McNeese, and Sarah Stewart and Chapter YWIB Chair Erika Fanselow.
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